It’s time for school to begin. Whether you are a parent or a teacher, this craft will not only be easy, but it will be functional and a great gift idea. We all want our kids to read as much as they can. Giving them a homemade bookmark with their name on it can help get them excited. All you need is your computer, printer, card-stock, scissors, single hole punch and ribbon. I chose to create bookmarks featuring my students’ names and traits they should be proud to have.
I went onto the website Wordle and clicked “Create your own.” I love this site. It puts words into a pattern with all sorts of different font and colors. The result is very appealing to children. Then I typed my student’s name 3-5 times all on separate lines. The more you type the same word, the bigger it is. Since I wanted his name to stand out, I typed the name four times. Then, on separate lines, I typed out traits I felt he possessed.
When finished, you can click “Go” to see your creation. If you don’t like the way it is situated, you can always keep clicking in order to change it until you like what you see. Sometime I would sit there for minutes, just clicking and clicking until I found one that I really liked. I’m really picky sometimes. If you don’t like the colors being used, you can change that too. When I was satisfied with what I created, I took a snip/pic of the creation and pasted it onto a blank Word document. Next, I printed it out on card-stock paper and cut it into the shape I wanted. I rounded the edges a bit so they weren’t so sharp and so it looked a bit nicer. Next, I punched a hole in the top and thread some ribbon through it.
These bookmarks can be made for any occasion. I made one for each of my students and gave it to them. They were very excited to have a nice and sturdy bookmark. I even wrote a personal note on the back of them with nice words of encouragement and memories we share. My own kids even wanted me to make some for them. The craft was already doing its job. They wanted the bookmarks so they could read more.
In the future I plan on having my kids design their own bookmarks. They can choose the words they want to include as well as the colors and size of the letters. I’ll even have them leave some room on it so they can add their own artwork on it.
Whatever you choose this craft for, your kids or students will just love it. Use it as a gift to your kids or students, a fun craft for them to do on their own or even a reward for reading so much. It’s simple, fun and a great way to get kids excited to read more.